E-news for our School Community - February 4, 2016

Dr. Boryszewski's Message

Dear School District 81 Learning Community,

I am thrilled to share this newsletter featuring the many great initiatives going on in District 81!

As you know, the Board of Education has approved an addition to Kennedy School. This project will address the overcrowding in the building that serves our youngest learners, as well as the needed Life Safety improvements. This newsletter contains links to our district website that will provide you with information about the addition, including a presentation about the project, the funding plan outline, and answers to the questions asked by the public at the January 20th Community Information Meeting. This section of the website will continually be updated as the project progresses.

Please also look for the section that links you to District 81's FY15 Annual Financial Report. The Board of Education and administration have worked diligently to protect the financial health of School District 81, and our most recent audit demonstrates this continued commitment to fiscal responsibility.

Below is the link to my Superintendent's Blog. Words can't fully express how proud I am of our 1:1 learning initiative!! Please take a look at the pictures from the Technology Rollout Event we hosted to deploy devices to our third through eighth grade students. My favorite memory of the evening was the pure joy on our students' faces as they left with their device.

I enjoy connecting with all of you through my Superintendent's blog, and I've also been posting to our SD81 Facebook page and Twitter! I find amazing examples of excellence all around me, and to be able to share them instantly with you is a great feeling.

I look forward to our continued work together throughout the school year! Thank you for partnering with us to make District 81 a proud and outstanding learning community!

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SD81 Board of Education News

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 pm at Lincoln Middle School. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The ABC Parent Group Meeting is held at 6:00 pm, prior to the Board meeting.

Attached is the link that will direct you to the video recordings of the SD81 Board of Education meetings.

School District 81 FY2015 Annual Financial Report

District 81 recently finalized the 6/30/2015 Annual Financial Statement. It is posted on the website. The financials reflect the District’s continued commitment to prudent financial management. The FY 15 financials reflect increases in all fund balances. The District was able to do this with a modest 1.6% increase in overall revenues to $20.5 million from $20.2 million in 2014. The District has been managing the budget closely in anticipation of necessary building needs as a result of enrollment growth.

The District is currently on track to have a balanced budget for FY 2016 with the exception of the Operations & Maintenance Fund, which will be over budget due to improvements to the secured entrances at every building and the Kennedy addition project. The Board reviews the financials of the District monthly and works with administration to maintain a strong financial position. The District’s financial profile is 3.70 or Financial Recognition, which is the highest rating given by the State.

Please click on the below link to view the FY2015 AFR. The location of the document is under "Staff Directory" on the Home Page, "Business Office," and "Financial Documents."


District News

Congratulations to Wendy Flaherty, School District 81's Director of Finance and Operations for her feature article in the Illinois Association of School Business Official's publication, UPDATE. Please click on the link below to see the News Release and read the full article.

Wendy Flaherty - Final Word

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School Events

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Incoming Kindergarten Information Night

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6-7pm

John F Kennedy Elementary School, Schiller Park, IL, United States

Schiller Park, IL

Washington Musical - The Lion King

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6:30pm

9750 Soreng Avenue

Schiller Park, IL